10 Traits of an Effective Caregiver
While being a caregiver for a loved one comes with a multitude of responsibilities, worries and frustrations, the rewards of improving the quality of their life can bring happiness and satisfaction as well. Effective caregivers share many characteristics, they learn and grow as they become more comfortable with their care giving role and they realize that no one can be perfect all of the time. The following is a list of things that great caregivers have in common.
  1. Keeping medical records, doctor information, appointment schedules organized, including commitments in your own life and those of other family members that you care for. Making sure that information is easily accessible and know that planning in advance can lessen frustration and confusion.
  2. Becoming Knowledgeable about your loved ones specific conditions. The more you know, the more you can help prevent accidents or relapses, in other words, become an expert.
  3. Encouraging proper nutrition and exercise while being acutely aware of your loved ones limitations and specific needs. 
  4. Problem-solving. Know how to deal with common issues that arise with your loved ones condition and who to call when you need help.
  5. Sharing information with family members, friends and healthcare professionals is essential for giving the best possible care. Great caregivers know that another person may be able to help, as well as when they are in need of respite (a break).
  6. Well-rested. A full night’s sleep helps people to better cope with stress and improve well being. When a loved one has Alzheimer’s or another condition that requires round-the-clock supervision, getting enough sleep is an issue for the primary caregiver. Respite Care Services from the professionals at Interim HealthCare can ensure that your loved one is well cared for while you get some well deserved rest. 
  7. Compassion. Having the ability to put yourself in your loved ones shoes and thinking about what you would need if you were in their position.
  8. Social. Prevent feelings of depression and isolation for yourself and your loved one by getting involved in community groups, visiting neighbors, and inviting friends over. Great caregivers don’t let themselves become overwhelmed.
  9. Recovering from surgery or an injury can be a long slow going process, effective caregivers know how to encourage their loved ones and remind them of how much progress they’ve made.  
  10. Knowing when to ask for help. Sometimes it may feel like you are doing it all, effective caregivers know that there are resources available and they know how to find people they can trust when they are in need of a break.
Caring for the caregiver is an essential part of helping your loved one. Nobody can do everything by themselves. If you are in need of help, please contact Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City and ask about how Respite care can help. When it matters most, count on us.

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